County briefs, July 18, 2015
Decision on new Whole Foods again delayed
The decision on a new home for Whole Foods in Kimball Junction again was postponed last week.
The Snyderville Planning Commission put off approving the new location for another few weeks, asking the developer to return with more information, especially about traffic flow.
Commission members spent two hours grilling the developer with a laundry list of issues. Chief among them was questioning the traffic plan along Landmark Drive. Commission members wanted a better solution to the turning lanes, even suggesting a roundabout as a way to regulate traffic.
The panel also asked the developer for more information on the size of the Whole Foods store sign, lighting in the parking lot and a promised community bicycle program.
The development, which would house a new, 43,000-square foot Whole Foods grocery store, also will build 20 affordable housing units.
The commission plans to take up the issue at its July 28 meeting.
County honored nationally for digital innovation
Summit County was named in the top 10 nationally for using technology to make government more transparent and accessible.
The county finished eighth in the less-than-150,000-population category in the United States.
Last year, the county added several innovations to improve the public’s access to information through digital channels. Its website was designed to be more "mobile responsive," according to a county press release. The county also improved its phone system and social media presence.
"Summit County has over the years been able to make changes that make working with local government easier," Ron Boyer, Summit County information technology director said in a written statement. "At the same time, the public is hungry for the latest and greatest technology. They want to know their government is accessible and responsive."
The rankings are created by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
A former Summit County victim advocate who was facing a felony count of misusing public money pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge in a deal with prosecutors.